Mr. Bee and members of WB,
I’ll openly admit right here to everyone. I POST ON THE “SNARK BOARD.” (though, if anyone is wondering, I’m not a “ring leader”) So let me clear some of the air.
Why do we have a separate board? Because the lot of us get annoyed when we read the stupid and we just want to vent. I’m not sure when that became a crime. All you other ladies are saying we’re horrible people and “who has time for that?” But, tell me honestly, none of you have never complained about someone before? Nobody ever had a coworker say or do something so stupid that you couldn’t help but go home and snark on it to your SO? Plenty of you have vent posts on weddingbee, so I don’t see the difference. Instead of writing about it on weddingbee, we choose to take it else where. Yes, it is an entire message board. That is just because, as Mr.Bee said, we had one thread on another message board. One thread. Unfortunately, when someone complained when individuals took it too far (and they have been banned from that website because of it), the thread was deleted. The individuals banned were not affiliated with us to our knowledge.
Yes, we admit that we screwed with polls. 5 votes here or there really isn’t going to mess up your entire poll though. We have a total of 33 members at the time I’m writing this. Only 33. It would take every single one of us to vote to really skew your results when most of the polls get over 100 votes. I’m sure our members aren’t the only ones who read the poll options at their computers and say “heh, it would be funny to vote for ____.” We didn’t invent poll throwing. It’s not some new or novel idea.
Also, Mr. Bee, maybe it would be helpful if you tried to work with our “ring leaders.” If there are people on our board purposely causing drama, we don’t want them there. That makes them just as crazy as the people we’re snarking on. There is a reason our board is private. It’s not so that we can “hide” and laugh behind your backs; it’s because of drama. And just like you, we want to avoid it also. It is my understanding that when members are found to be causing trouble between the two boards, they’re banned. Yes, we have had instances where someone says “ha! you should post that on WB!” and someone takes them up on it. Generally they are underhand snark comments that you can’t pinpoint as mean. The OP of whatever thread generally doesn’t even pick up on the sarcasm, seeing that this is the internet. No harm done, no drama created.
As far as “recruiting” goes, I find that to be a silly notion. For one, w were accused of it long before we even made our board private and we were still over on the other message board. Sure we’ve invited people on occasion once we became private. But last time I checked, at least in the United States, people are free to visit whatever website they want. We don’t force anyone to come, and as a matter of fact, we prefer not to get a ton of new people, for reasons going back to the drama issues. Just because it goes against what you like shouldn’t mean everyone has to dislike it. We’re all adults here; you don’t need to baby your members by trying to hide other websites that are out there.
As far as accusing us of planning attacks? I’ll admit that sometimes it may appear that way but it’s generally just coincidence. Someone might post a thread that would have otherwise slipped past us (because, contrary to popular belief, we do have a life that doesn’t involve stalking WB all day), it is called to our attention so then we post. So yes, it may seem like there are a few posts in a row from our members. Or, on the brief occasion where one of our members gets attacked, we do generally back them up because we’re friends. That’s what friends do.
And, finally, I just want to say that it is silly if you think WB can avoid drama by “outing” us. It’s naive to think that we are your biggest problem. If you have a growing website, you are going to get trolls. That’s just part of the realm of well known internet message boards. As I said, we have a grand total of 33 members. I would say at least 95% of us, if not more, are like me. We post in two places, but we don’t purposely cause drama.
Ban me if suits you, but I do ask that you refrain from deleting my reply like you have for some others. You brought this subject public and it is our constitutional right to be entitled to free speech and defend ourselves. WB members should be able to see BOTH sides, not just yours, and make their own informed decision instead of relying on your biased opinion.